As vice president of design and construction at Cohoes, N.Y.-based Aquatic Development Group, Jim Dunn’s responsibilities include concept design; construction document review; contract administration; and project management of waterparks, aquatics centers and specialty feature projects. He is involved in design/build services from the initial phases through final construction and has spearheaded the implementation of safe, effective water-treatment systems. The product of a family pool construction business, Dunn has more than 20 years’ industry experience.
Sue Nelson, aquatic specialist for USA Swimming in Colorado Springs, Colo., has worked in the Club Development Division at USA Swimming since 2004. She develops and publishes new program information as it relates to total aquatic programming. Her specialty is program development and implementation, along with facility design. Nelson started coaching beside her husband in 1972 in their family-run aquatics center. She is an ASCA Level 4 swim coach and has extensive experience in business and aquatic management, as well as a certified aquatic fitness instructor and personal trainer. Nelson serves on the Education Committee of the Aquatic Exercise Association, and this year was elected to the board of directors of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.
A 1981 graduate of San Diego State University, Jeffery Purchin has been teaching children how to swim since 1977. He started his own swim school in 1979 in Los Angeles, where he taught and hired swim instructors to teach swim lessons during the summer months. Supported by his wife, Melissa, daughter Jaron and son James, Purchin has owned and operated the 5 Cities Swim School in Arroyo Grande for the past 25 years. In addition, he sits on the board of directors for the United States Swim School Association. He also founded and is chairing the Public Relations Committee for USSSA.
Tom Saldarelli, chief operating officer of south Florida-based RehaMed International, is an aquatics veteran with more than 30 years’ experience. His industry accolades include being named an Aquatics International Power 25 honoree, and United States Water Fitness Association ’s Who’s Who in Aquatic Leadership. Saldarelli served as chairman of APSP ’s Commercial Segment Council and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Aquatics International and the Technical Board of Colorado Time Systems.
John Whitmore has been in aquatics for more than 30 years, working with public and private agencies and managing multiple aquatics and recreation facilities. He has written a number of articles on aquatics management, maintenance, and pool chemistry and was awarded the National Park and Recreation Association ’s Exceptional Aquatic Service Award in 1998. Currently, Whitmore is president of the NRPA Aquatic Branch, and works as the organizational development manager in the NRPA National Gold Medal winning city of Denton, Texas. He also serves as chief instructor trainer for NRPA’s Aquatic Facility Operator course.